I finally smartened up this year and made some resolutions I knew I could actually keep. One of my big ones? To finally doing something with all of the great photos I have that are nowhere to be found other than on the hard drive of my computer. Because what’s the point of taking them if they only live there? I’ve spent the last few weeks searching for ideas and trying out sites to bring you (and me) the best ideas for actually doing something with your — our — photos. Here goes…
1. Create a heart photo collage at Minted. All you do is upload 30 of your favorite pictures, choose which spot they go in, pick a black, white or no frame, and voila!
2. Make some teeny, tiny books. As someone who is in love with everything and anything miniature, I just can’t get enough of these little books from Printstagram. (Could you totally tell that I wrote that in a high pitched voice?) Three little books are just ten bucks, there’s really no excuse for not printing out your favorite Instagram photos.
3. Have them printed on wood. When I first discovered canvas prints, I was obsessed. They’re cheap and fast and a great way to get photos up on a wall. But even better — so much better — is having photos printed on wood from Prints on Wood. No white ink in is used, so instead of seeing canvas through the print, you see the natural grain of the wood. Prices start at just $18.
4. Sleep on them! Your photos, that is. Stitchtagram creates plush pillows — a throw sized and a mini one — out of whatever photos you’d like. And best of all, the quality is great; they’re soft, plush and beautiful.
5. Frame them in bamboo. Boo Boxes by Hatchcraft are hand crafted from the highest quality bamboo in the heart of Appalachia in West Virginia. The beautiful boxes come in three finishes and can sit on a shelf (or anywhere) as well as be easily hung.
6. Print them on tin. Josiah Morgan creates tintype prints made with authentic wet-plate collodion photography techniques that are over 160 years old. I’m not quite sure what that means either, but the result is a photo that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. The site also sells stands to perfectly hold the prints.
7. Organize them into photo books. If you’ve got the time on your hands, you’ll never regret getting this daunting task done. Gone are the days of printing 4 x 6 photos and filling up album pages by hand, now you can digitally print entire pages at once to make books of the entire year, season or vacation. Blurb is pricier, but Shutterfly and Snapfish frequently offer discount codes which make the books pretty affordable.
8. Create a calendar. No, not the boring kind of photo calendars that have been around forever, but a colorful, framed acrylic print from Pinhole Press. Pick a picture for each vibrant month and simply swap the page out when the month changes.
9. Make magnets from your Instagram pictures at Picpack. It’s cheap, it’s easy and it’s fun. Making them perfect for the fridge or school lockers.
10. Personalize a photo box from Artifact Uprising. If actually doing all that much with your pictures is still too daunting, this is the perfect solution. Artifact Uprising will customize a 12.5 x 9.5 inch wooden box with the photo or text of your choice, so you can simply throw all of your pictures in it. Far, far better than an old shoebox, don’t you think?